Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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November 3, 2011
A catalogue of constant clichs which never let up, while Butler's lack of acting chops succeeds in sinking every scene.
November 3, 2011
There's a certain absurdity, as well as outlandishness, to Childers' tale that Marc Forster's film, starring Gerard Butler, never quite shakes off.
November 3, 2011
If I didn't know that this was based on real events, I wouldn't believe it. At least not the way the story is told in this film.
November 3, 2011
Despite the most worthy intentions, Childers cannot single-handedly save Sudan and Butler cannot save this movie.
November 3, 2011
The worthy story is packed with scenes that are suspenseful and inspiring.
November 2, 2011
This machine gun preacher offers lots of noise but casts little light.
November 2, 2011
Watchable, well acted drama that tells a remarkable true story, that is a good thirty minutes too long and slightly hampered by its allegiance to factual detail, meaning that it eventually becomes frustratingly repetitive.
November 2, 2011
While the film might be biographically accurate, it isn't artistically satisfying: real people are inexplicable in a way that characters in films shouldn't be, and consequently, he feels half-finished.
November 2, 2011
Overly preachy and overly long. A missed opportunity.
November 1, 2011
If anyone was cast to lead the vigilante war against the Sudanese LRA rebels ... it's Butler - just swap the Spartan's primitive weaponry for a shooter ...
November 1, 2011
The need to cram in facts and events makes 'Machine Gun Preacher' feel too much like one large and needlessly glossy montage sequence.
November 1, 2011
It's gratifying to see Butler giving a proper acting role the old college try.
October 31, 2011
Material that might have made a terrific documentary instead becomes a worthy drama.
October 21, 2011
Sam Childers is such a complicated guy that his life would probably work better as a miniseries than a movie.
October 13, 2011
As inspiring as it is upsetting.
October 10, 2011
The way the movie tells it, Sam is as obsessively insane as Capt. Ahab, ready and willing to destroy his family for the chance to be a white, violent savior among unfortunate, passive blacks. You can smell condescension even stronger than gunpowder.
October 9, 2011
Even during this biopic's most absurd moments, Gerard Butler is terrific, conveying gentle and brutal equally well.
October 8, 2011
Machine Gun Preacher is a flawed and fascinating movie.
October 8, 2011
October 7, 2011
Despite its gut-wrenching honesty vis--vis lunacy, religion, and the tricky intersection thereof, Machine Gun Preacher is ultimately undone by its chaotic tone.
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